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Speed limit - long one!

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B,C - "Regarded ..." phrase incorrectly modifies speed limit
D is same as A because changing the modifier position doesn't make D any different from A. one answer for every question Wink , so A,D are ruled out
Winner is E. Smile

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Hi All:
As per my understanding, correct answer should be "B".
This is because:
1. Main point which is talked about is 'speed limit', not 'the fight'.
2. Only options B and C clarify that 'speed limit' is the main subject of the sentence, without any ambiguity.
3. Option C is wrong, because it uses meddlesome as meddling, which is not required.
4. Rest all options, including 'E', are ambiguous because subject is clearly modified by the modifiers. Even 'E' introduces "a measure" which doesn't clarify the subject as "speed limit". It still may point to 'the fight'.
5. Hence the correct answer is 'B'.

Pls correct me, if I am wrong.

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Hello Dana,
I do not agree with the explanation given by you for D
As 'regarded' is a past participle and hence will modify 'speed limit' because it's the immediately preceding noun.
Then how exactly you will reason it to be misplaced modifier?

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E is the correct answer.

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Did it.

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Maeverick wrote:
Hello Dana,
I do not agree with the explanation given by you for D
As 'regarded' is a past participle and hence will modify 'speed limit' because it's the immediately preceding noun.
Then how exactly you will reason it to be misplaced modifier?
Option D: D. The fight over the speed limit, regarded by opponents as ineffective and meddlesome and by supporters as a conserver of life and energy, continues in our legislatures and on our freeways.

"Regarded" is modifying SPEED LIMIT which cannot be any of these : conserver of life and energy, ineffective, and meddlesome.
Even if you say that "Regarded" is modifying "SPEED LIMIT", the other feasible option could be "THE FIGHT". However again,"THE fight" cannot be all of these: conserver of life and energy, ineffective, and meddlesome.

Ask yourself what is over which people in legislature are fighting? Probably a bill/a law/A MEASURE(a statute in draft before it becomes law).
Can a bill/measure be all of these: conserver of life and energy, ineffective, and meddlesome.
YES.

Option E is the answer !!

I hope this helps.

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Hi All:
As per my understanding, correct answer should be "B".
This is because:
1. Main point which is talked about is 'speed limit', not 'the fight'.
2. Only options B and C clarify that 'speed limit' is the main subject of the sentence, without any ambiguity.
3. Option C is wrong, because it uses meddlesome as meddling, which is not required.
4. Rest all options, including 'E', are ambiguous because subject is clearly modified by the modifiers. Even 'E' introduces "a measure" which doesn't clarify the subject as "speed limit". It still may point to 'the fight'.
5. Hence the correct answer is 'B'.

Pls correct me, if I am wrong.
If B is correct, then can you please tell me what is wrong with option D?

The Subject depends on what verb you are considering, as there can be multiple verb in a sentence.
I believe the subject of this sentence is "THE FIGHT [over speed limit]".
Because: "SPEED LIMIT" CANNOT "continues in our legislatures and on our freeways."
But: "THE FIGHT [over speed limit]" CAN "continues in our legislatures and on our freeways."

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Ans: E

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IMO B.
In A, D and E, it looks as if 'fight over speed limit' is regarded by opponents as ineffective meddling etc. But in C it is clear that it is speed limit. But there is one noun and other modified as verb. So, I think B is right as for supporters and opponents it is qualified as noun.

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Hello Dana & everyone,

I am a little confused about the elimination reason for Choice D, hope you can give me some kind help here!

In my opinion, "regarded by.."is an -ed modifier that modifiers the clousest noun next to it--the "speed limit" before the comma, so it is wrong??

Thanks a lot!

Yi Smile

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E.

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The answer must be E.

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A, B and C seem to be independent clauses. E reads well.

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C??

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C??

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